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PA Official: Jerusalem Talks Taking Place Openly And Secretly

Posted by Atilla89 on February 13, 2008

Before I write anything about this, if it is true and I am still not sure yet, could someone please, please, tell Shas about this? I mean, Shas, now is your time to do something useful and quite the coalition! Ok, down to the issue at hand, according to Hatem Abdel Qader, the Jerusalem affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, there’s been some talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators about Jerusalem.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Abdel Qader said Jerusalem “is not only on the table, it’s also under the table.”Asked to explain the second part of his remark, he said: “This means that the negotiations with the Israelis are taking place both openly and secretly.” The Palestinians made it clear during the negotiations they were insisting on a full Israeli withdrawal from the eastern part of Jerusalem that was captured by Israel in 1967.

Yeah, like that is going to happen…only a small matter of the Western Wall…

“Jerusalem is one of the main core issues,” Abdel Qader, who is also a top Fatah leader, told the Post. “Although we haven’t reached the stage of a breakthrough in the negotiations on Jerusalem, we can say that the talks are continuing. The Israeli government knows that there will be no solution without solving the problem of Jerusalem.”

Shas! Go for it already!

Abdel Qader dismissed the idea that Israel would retain control of some parts of east Jerusalem. “Our position is, ‘Take it all or leave it,'” he said. “We have also made it clear to the Israelis that we won’t accept any partial solutions for Jerusalem. As far as we are concerned, Jerusalem must be one geographic, political and religious unit.”

How about this, can you promise you will not harm our holy sites? No you can’t and we only have to look at recent history to figure out why (desecration of Joseph’s Tomb in 2000 for those in the dark).

He said the parties were still trying to reach an agreement over which Jerusalem they were talking about – the city that’s mentioned in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 in 1947, the one that was occupied in 1967 or the one that was expanded by Israel afterward. “On this issue, there hasn’t been any progress yet,” he said.

Don’t hold your breath.

Abdel Qader said the negotiations were not only focusing on the Arab part of Jerusalem, but on its west as well. “There are Jews who say they have rights and property in the eastern part of Jerusalem, and that’s fine with us,” he said. “At the same time, there are Arabs who have a lot of property in the western section of Jerusalem. So the talks are not only over the eastern part.”

So why is there no negotiation over the eastern part? Why is the position of the PA so one sided? That was a rhetorical question.

As for Shas’s threat to quit the coalition over the negotiations on Jerusalem, the PA official said he could not understand why the haredi party was upset. “Shas is not new to Israeli politics,” he said. “I can’t understand why they’re so upset. What did they think, that peace could be achieved without [dividing] Jerusalem? Have they forgotten that [then-prime minister] Ehud Barak already offered us large parts of Jerusalem at the Camp David summit [in 2000]?”

Abdel Qader complained that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were paying the price for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s coalition problems. “Olmert’s position is very weak and we have sensed this in the current negotiations,” he said. “He’s like a woman who is dying to get married, but is afraid of becoming pregnant.”

Regardless of whether I agree with what Qader is saying, he definitely has the quote of the day.

An Israeli official on Tuesday denied that the question of Jerusalem is being discussed at this juncture in the talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The official told The Jerusalem Post that Jerusalem is one of the most contentious and sensitive issues and will therefore be raised only towards the end of the negotiations.


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Pioneers of Tomorrow: Rabbit Wants To Eat Jews

Posted by Atilla89 on February 12, 2008

New stuff from Palestinian Media Watch. This time its a rabbit with an appetite for Jews! I mean, I never really knew I tasted THAT good. Plus, aren’t rabbits meant to be herbivores…? There previous character, the bee called Nahoul was killed because the evil Israelis stopped him from getting medical treatment. Anyway if you want to take a look at this degenerate trash its right here. Once again, I have to ask, does anyone think these people deserve a state? Hat tip to LGF.


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Christian Coptics In Egypt Documentary

Posted by Atilla89 on February 10, 2008

In the western world, everybody seems to believe that the two most moderate Arab countries in the Arab world (Egypt and Jordan) would actually be nice places to live. People believe that there is religious freedom and good living conditions and so on. Well there is religious freedom there but only if you are Muslim. This three part documentary follows a journalists as he investigates the Christian Coptic community in Egypt. Its a very interesting documentary and well worth your time to watch it. Watching this makes me really appreciate Sandmonkey’s posts all the more. Hat tip to LGF.

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A Marine And A Cab Driver

Posted by Atilla89 on February 9, 2008

I found a funny video of a U.S. Marine and a cab driver having a conversation in Iraq.

Competition: If you have not seen the video before, have a guess as to what the U.S. Marine was asking the cab driver to do. Kudos goes to the one who guesses the closest.

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Building The Fence and The PA’s Media Reaction To Dimona

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

There are two issues/points that I would like to get across with this post. The first is that Israel has finally decided, as a results of the bombing in Dimona, that they are going to build a war on the Israeli-Egyptian border. More from the Jerusalem Post.

Israel will soon begin construction of a security fence along certain parts of the Israeli-Egyptian border, it was decided Wednesday in a meeting between the prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and security officials.The fence will be built in northern Nitzana and southern Eilat, regions considered to be particularly vulnerable to infiltration. Monitoring of other areas will be reinforced by additional ground forces and aerial observation measures.

I was recently in that part near southern Eilat, the views into Jordan from the mountain tops are stunning. However if you want to see what a section of the border looks like, then look below.

The fence is the border and that is an Egyptian border outpost (note the flag) in the background

The need for a fence along the open border with Egypt was highlighted recently by the breaching of the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which allowed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to move freely between the two territories, as well as – Israel believes – enabling many terrorists to sneak into Sinai.

The government was also looking into the option of allowing Egypt to deploy additional troops along the Gaza-Egypt border, beyond the 750 troops already there. While the Foreign Ministry was generally in favor of such a move – on certain conditions – the Defense Ministry opposed it. No decision has yet been made on the issue.

On Tuesday, government officials told the Jerusalem Post that Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the powerful head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, believed the Egyptians currently had enough troops deployed along the border and that what was needed were not additional troops, but an increase in motivation.

On that point, I really do believe that having more Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai is really not going to do much. This is because I think the majority of them would be very easy to bribe. The photo below shows Egyptian soldiers patrolling the other side of the border.

Egyptian soldiers patrolling the border

As you can see from the two pictures above, the border isn’t exactly that secure, it would be easy for a terrorist in the dead of night to get through it. The border is long and the IDF don’t have such a big presence on it. A secure border would help do the job quite well. Now the second issue that I wanted to talk about is the PA and Dimona. Their reaction to the attack itself was disgusting, and they’re meant to be the one’s that Israel is supposed to be talking to about peace! Read the whole thing from the Jerusalem post here.

The terrorists who perpetrated Monday’s suicide bombing in Dimona were glorified in three newspapers controlled by the Palestinian Authority, including the official Al-Hayat al-Jadida which is controlled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Media Watch reported Wednesday.“The perpetrators of the operation died as shahids … an Israeli was killed and eleven were wounded in the Dimona operation,” Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on February 5.

The Palestinian dailies Al-Iyam and Al-Quds also defined the bombers as glorious martyrs, or shahids.

The Palestinian media’s description of the terrorists as shahids, granting them Islam’s highest honor, clearly contradicts Abbas’s condemnation of the terror attack.

As I was saying before, we are meant to be working with these people for peace…

According to Islam, a shahid is a person who dies a “holy death” for allah and is conceived as a hero and role model in Palestinian society, specifically for Palestinian youths.

Also described as shahids in the Palestinian media were two Palestinians who attempted to murder Israelis in Kfar Etzyon’s Makor Haim High School several weeks ago.

Although terrorists have always been defined as shahids in Palestinian society, the latest report is particularly disturbing since it demonstrates that while Israel and the PA are attempting to renew peace negotiations, the PA is continuing to honor terrorists

Should I even say it?

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A Look At Two Sides: The Issue Of The Concept ‘Blood On Their Hands’

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

While I was waiting for my flight back to Australia at the Ben Gurion airport when I was in Israel last month; I walked into a store and bought the Jerusalem Report, a political magazine printed in English about Israeli politics. I was looking through the magazine and found a section called ‘Viewpoint’. You can find an extract of the article called ‘Blood on Their Hands 2’ found within ‘Viewpoint’ here; I can not find an extract of the other one. The quotes are from the Jerusalem Report: February 4, 2008, page 46-47. The section basically consists of two opinions from, usually from different sides of the political spectrum; two different people about one issue. The topic of this issue was the negotiation of captured Israeli soldiers and what price Israel was prepared to pay for them. The first viewpoint was Avshalom Vilan, a Knesset member of the Meretz party.

Portrait of Avshalom Vilan

Avshalom Vilan

He believed that the first goal of the Israeli government should be to get these soldiers back, naturally I agree. However it was his methods that troubled me. It is true that he believes the first way to do that should be through “…high grade intelligence and/or military operations…” However he also said that if those were unsuccessful then “…we should conduct negotiations [with those that have our soldiers]…” Furthermore, Vilan argues that:

I have no doubt that a day will come when Israel will free Marwan Barghouti, who was sentenced to five life terms for ordering the killing of Israelis, but who might one day lead the Palestinians to a compromise agreement with Israel.”

I personally think that is a disgusting thing to say. Israel would never let someone like Barghouti free, a person, as it says above, who killed that many people. If Israel where to ever do that, I would have lost faith in the justice system of Israel. Vilan continues his argument by stating that:

“…Israeli leaders should be conducting intensive negotiations for the release and return home of our prisoners. Even if the price is as high this time as on previous occasions when prisoners with blood on their hands were released…”

I am sure you can see after reading this why Vilan is part of the Meretz Party and a founding member of the Peace Now movement. What he is saying, if it were to be put in practice in the present situation is that terrorism works and yes we will give in to your demands.

Portrait of Effie Eitam

Effie Eitam

Now in contrast to this, on the other side of the political spectrum, you have Effie Eitam who is a Knesset member of the National Union party. He starts off his response by posing a question to the reader:

“As negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas since June 2006, progress, two questions arise: Should Israel free terrorists with blood on their hands? Should it ease the definition of blood on the hands to close a deal?”

His answer to this, and also incidentally mine is as well, is a no. Eitam explains this by stating that:

“The aim of terror is not only to kill people, but ultimately to destroy the machinery of statehood. And when, through extortion, terrorists succeed in freeing hundreds of people convicted of murder, they render the state’s judicial system meaningless. If Israel were to free someone like Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment, the message would be that there is no longer a system of justice in the country.”

This ties in directly with what I was trying to say earlier. Give in to terror and you should only expect more terror. As well as this, freeing criminals like Barghouti starts to change the definition of the word murderer. If Barghouti can walk free because of a deal, why shouldn’t criminals with ‘less’ or even ‘more’ blood on their hands not walk free as well? Eitam also addresses this important point.

“Worse: If the government were to change the “blood on the hands” definition, in other words give formal imprimatur to the assertion that murder is not murder but something else, it would eat away not only at the system of justice, but at the country’s moral core. We would not only be freeing murderers, which is bad enough, but the murderers would no longer be murderers. And that kind of ethical haziness constitutes an even higher degree of moral corruption.

No state should sacrifice its morals on the basis of freeing three of their own soldiers, which as I have repeatedly said before only encourages more kidnappings as a tactic. For me, when countries start to engage in negotiations like that, especially with prisoners with blood on their hands, I start to lose all respect for their sense of justice and responsibility. However, there is an even bigger problem that revolves around Israel’s security, besides the obvious of setting terrorists free, Eitam explains:

“If this is indeed what happens, there could be immediate consequences in the field. Many of the soldiers sent to capture terrorist killers won’t be prepared to take the risks involved. They will say to themselves, “If those murderers are going to be freed anyway, why should we endanger our lives to capture them?” The result will be a significant erosion of morale.”

Imagine that, Israeli soldiers refusing to carry out operations because of a lack of faith of the government. How would Israeli society react to something like that? Worse still, a situation like that can quickly get out of control. The IDF is already suffering from a 25% draft-dodging rate, how could its own morale survive if IDF soldiers are refusing to carry out their missions? As Eitam correctly points out, cold-blooded though it may sound:

“We have great respect for Gilad Shalit and his life. But in a very profound way, the moral issues involved are more important.”

He continues by saying that:

That does not mean that we abandon soldiers in the field. On the contrary. But instead of negotiating with the other side and bowing to its dictates, we should be doing all we can to pressure Hamas to release our soldier. For example, we should warn Hamas that unless they release Shalit, we will kill Ismail Haniyeh and the rest of the Hamas leadership and turn off the supply of water and electricity to Gaza, not for eight hours, but for good. Then perhaps they would come to their senses and free Shalit.

That is the sort of rhetoric that needs to be applied against Hamas and organisations like Hezbollah. Anything less is meaningless for these people. All they seem to understand is violence. Personally if violence is what they want, then violence is what they will get. Hamas can end the situation they are in very easily, release the Shalit, stop launching rockets into Israel. Just by fulfilling those two wishes they would be able to start the first step in the peace process with Israel. I don’t know why there is talk about hostage negotiation in the first place with Hamas, especially after seeing what they are capable of. Eitam continues with his point:

“So far we have done nothing to make them think that holding Shalit is too costly, and it would be better to let him go…Even assuming we were to take out the Hamas leadership and in revenge they killed Shalit, the end result would by this: They would abandon the practice of abducting soldiers because it would be so clearly not worth their while. They would know that holding an Israeli soldier exacts an intolerable price, and brings no reward.”

And this is where the hammer falls. The last nail into Vilan’s argument has banged in. By refusing to give into demands and by destroying the Hamas leadership, Hamas would have no benefit in this tactic of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Terrorist organisations go by the philosophy of sticking with whatever works to get their demands and as Eitam has said, so far they have no reason to not keep kidnapping Israeli soldiers and lobbing rockets at Israeli civilians.

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A Breath Of Hope: The Israeli Initiative

Posted by Atilla89 on February 6, 2008

Before I explain what this Israeli Initiative is and what the hell I am talking about, let me direct you to this video. It is a trailer for a non-existent Hollywood film produced by the Israeli Initiative called The Last Fanatic. I am sure you will be able to figure out the message behind it.

As you can see, the message behind it is that the Palestinians do not have to use the way of terror to achieve their goals, there are other ways. The lie of the resistance or the Intifada leads only down the path to destruction and death and not to statehood. The video itself has received media coverage from Israeli Channel 2 News, SKY News, The International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post and on the Metacafe website. As well as this, more than 50,000 people have already viewed The Last Fanatic on YouTube.

Now, onto this ‘new’ concept of the Israeli Initiative (you can check out its site here), the leader of this concept is MK Binyamin Elon.

Elon has just been recently by FrontPage (I love this site) and you can view the article in its entirety here, however I will just be displaying the key parts of it and my reaction to it.

The Israeli Initiative proposes a viable alternative to the Oslo/Camp David/Annapolis accords. The Initiative consists of three main principles: Rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps, strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. Under these principles, UNRWA will be dismantled and Israel, the US, and the international community will recognize Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and Jordan will again grant citizenship status to the residents of Judea and Samaria.

I think that this is a brilliant idea. The Palestinians living in the West Bank under Jordanian rule had no problem with this (even though they were under occupation). This problem of Israeli ‘occupation’ will be finished as an obstacle to peace. I also want to point to another issue that many people don’t know about Jordan. People believe that Israel is the only country in the world with a law similar to the one called ‘Right of Return’, a law based on positive discrimination which allows for easier immigration by Jews (must be proven) around the world (called Aliya). Jordan has a similar if not same law which decries that Palestinians are allowed to immigrate to Jordan and obtain citizenship if they can prove that they are Palestinian. That law should have ended the Palestinian Refugee problem on the stop, I don’t know why it hasn’t.

FP: Ok, let’s get a bit specific. How would rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps work exactly?

Elon: To begin with, Israel, the US and the international community will create a multi-year program to ensure the rehabilitation of the Palestinian refugees, while absorbing them as citizens in various countries. As part of the rehabilitation process, UNRWA, an organization which for tens of years has only perpetuated the status of the refugees, will be dismantled, as will the refugee camps. All residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel, with full citizenship rights and a generous rehabilitation grant.

This is similar to the deal offered by Ehud Barak which Arafat rejected without even considering putting on a counter offer.

Independent surveys carried out among the Palestinians clearly indicate that Palestinians are becoming increasingly convinced that living under Palestinian Authority control will not solve their problems. There are growing signs that the Palestinian population would be open to a true humanitarian solution that would enable them to rebuild their lives in other countries. For instance, a survey carried out by An-Najah University in Nablus in 2007 showed that 31.7% of Palestinians are considering rebuilding their lives in another country, while a survey carried out in 2004 by Ma’agar Mochot – a leading Israeli polling agency – in cooperation with The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, showed that 50% of Palestinian society did not rule out moving to another country providing that they had the means and the ability to relocate.

This is important because it shows just the conflict is not all about land. People are willing to compromise in return for peace and better living conditions.

FP: Just a second, the residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel. But in what countries? Where will the Palestinians go exactly?

Elon: According to the Israeli Initiative, the residents of the refugee camps will be absorbed in other countries, preferably the surrounding Arab countries.

Possibly Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will go to Egypt or alternatively, Egypt could annex the Gaza Strip, future debate will be needed with that. As for those Palestinians living in the West Bank, Jordan seems like the most logical option, don’t forget that rule and the amount of Palestinians that already live there.

The Arab countries will be encouraged by the international community to absorb and offer the Palestinian refugees full citizenship, and will also help fund the rehabilitation grants that will be given to the refugees, in order for them to move to other countries not as poor refugees, but as people with considerable means, say $100,000 per family. These funds will give a well-needed boost to the economy of the absorbing Arab countries in the region, and will supply these countries with international backing.

So that takes care of the argument that Arab countries are not wealthy enough to absorb that amount of refugees since it will boost .

FP: What will be involved in terms of strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria?

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will invest in the long-term development of Jordan in order to restore and strengthen its economy. Israel and Jordan, together with Egypt, Turkey and the US, will create a strategic organization to halt the Islamic axis based in Teheran and to promote overall peace between Israel and Arab countries.

In coordination with Jordan, Israel will extend its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Arab residents of these areas will become citizens of Jordan (Palestine). Their status, their relationship to the two countries, and the nature of the administration in the populated areas will be formulated and set forth in an agreement between the governments of Israel and Jordan.

Israeli control of Judea and Samaria is necessary to ensure stability in the region. The IDF presence in Judea and Samaria is what has succeeded in almost completely eliminating suicide bombs within recent years and prevent it from being turned into “Hamasland”. This was not done, and cannot be done, by Abu Mazen’s weak forces.

FP: So Jordan will become the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians and the international community will recognize it as such? Please explain.

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will recognize the Kingdom of Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and once again, Jordan will grant citizenship to the residents of Judea and Samaria. [edit: The Palestinians] The Palestinian Authority will no longer be recognized as a representative body within Judea, Samaria and Gaza and all the weapons will be collected from armed organizations.

The Arab population that will continue to reside inside the new borders of the State of Israel will enjoy full human rights awarded by the State of Israel, but they will possess Jordanian-Palestinian citizenship, and their political rights will be realized in Amman.

This is an important point, it means that they will be voting for leaders in Jordan and not in Israel. This eliminates the possibility of Arabs taking over Israel through democracy.

The Arab settlements will have limited autonomy with day-to-day administrating being under Israel’s authority in a form which will be determined between Israel and Jordan.

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Political Ramifications Of The Terrorist Attack At Dimona

Posted by Atilla89 on February 6, 2008

In regards to the recent terrorist attack at Dimona, key figures within the Knesset have called for a cancellation of peace talks with the Palestinians. As well as this, there is growing popularity for a fence or some kind of obstacle between the Israeli and Egyptian border. This is because many believe that it is a very real threat for Hamas or any other terrorist organisation to sneak its members into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula. It also important to remember that organisation like Hamas and others have most certainly used the open recent open border to sneak terrorists out and bring weapons and ammunition in. Many Israelis believe this fear is justified because of these recent attacks. More from the Jerusalem Report.

Israel should suspend all negotiations with the Palestinians and reconsider taking control of the Philadelphi Corridor along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip following Monday’s terror attack in Dimona, which was purportedly carried out by infiltrators from Gaza, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai said. “The previous government’s decision to abandon the Philadelphi Corridor without supervision was a bad mistake,” Yishai said. “The southern border of Israel is now porous and exposed.” The Shas leader – who was on his way to the scene of the attack – called for investing additional funds to build a fence along the Israel-Egypt border.

“The deplorable attack is the result of the breach of the border between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai,” MK Avshalom Vilan (Meretz).“There is no escaping the need to quickly erect a fence that will separate the Sinai from Israel.”The attack was a warning sign against releasing prisoners “with blood on their hands,” MK Silvan Shalom (Likud) said.

Incidently I will be writing an article based on another from The Jerusalem Report about this.

“On the very day that we are talking about relaxing the criteria for the release of prisoners with blood on their hands we have received a painful reminder of what those very terrorists are capable of,” Shalom said. “Our talks with Abu Mazen (PA President Mahmoud Abbas) are worthless, because Hamas rules the [Gaza] Strip.”

So very true.

Shalom called upon Shas to quit the government forthwith. Israel has failed to deal with terrorism from the Gaza Strip, MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said.

“Anyone who foregoes a military operation in Gaza gets rockets in Sderot. Anyone who stupidly relinquishes control of the Philadelphi Corridor gets a terror attack in Dimona and perhaps also missiles in Ashdod,” the former chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said. “Israel has failed to deal with terrorism in Gaza and needs to reconsider, including [the possibility of] exerting effective pressure on the Egyptians and [conducting] different operations in Gaza.”

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Analysis Of The Gaza/Egypt/Israel Situation

Posted by Atilla89 on February 1, 2008

I found an interesting article in the Australian Jewish News today. The article (‘Coming to terms with the new Gaza conundrum’) is not available on the AJN website at the moment however if it does become available I will link it from this entry. The basis of what it was trying to say is that Israel should use the opportunity of Egypt becoming involved to put the problem onto them. Israel would be basically saying to Egypt, here, they broke out into your country, therefore it is now your responsibility. Israel has been trying to do this for a while. For example, after the 6-day war, Israel attempted to open up negotiations with Egypt, Syria and Jordan in order to exchange land for peace; however they were answered with the famous ‘3 noes’. However there are others who believe that a handover of responsibility “…would expose Israel to worse terrorism than ever and that Israel instead should clamp down on all crossing points: between Israel and Gaza, Gaza and Egypt and Israel and Egypt.”

To be honest, I think a combination of those ideas would be best. Israel, most certainly, should clamp down even more tightly between Gaza and Israel. Israel should continue some sort of embargo against Gaza, including food electricity and so on, even if it is not nearly as effective as it was before. As well as this, Israel should put more troops and patrols on the Israeli-Egyptian border because now as IDF Major-General Yom Tov Samya, who is responsible for Gaza and the Egyptian front argues that “…Israel must act quickly to reinforce its control along the border with Egypt from the Mediterranean to Eilat. This means increasing patrols along the entire Israeli-Egyptian border. If those steps are not taken, Samya says, terrorists will be able to move out of Gaza into the Sinai and threaten Israeli civilian populations.” (emphasis added).

Another important point that the article mentions is the fact of the open border that now exists between Gaza and Egypt. It is also important to remember that Egypt can only put a certain amount of troops in the Sinai desert because of agreements with Israel. When considering these factors, it only makes sense that a large number of weapons are headed to the Gaza Strip to be used against Israel. Former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland believes that “…to cement the break [between Gaza and Israel], Gaza should be detached from the customs union with Israel and the West Bank and force it to turn to Egypt for sustenance and trade.” Eiland acknowledges that “…an open border with Egypt will accelerate the flow of heavy weaponry into Gaza, but says Israel should deal with that be defining Gaza as an ‘enemy entity’ and establishing a deterrent balance with it, – the way it does with enemy states like Syria.”

This goes back to my original point of Israel clamping down on military activities that are negative to Israel. I also want to point out that by clamping down, it can go as far as the IDF going back into the Gaza Strip to restore order and protect Israeli citizens in towns such as Sderot. By doing so they would smash Hamas; however I do think that it would be unlikely to happen during this year (I can not make any predictions beyond then).

Egyptian forces use barbed wire to breach the gap in the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza (31/01/2008)
Egypt wants to restore shared control of the border with Gaza ( Image and description taken from the BBC website)

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U.N. Could Take Lessons From Rambo Film

Posted by Atilla89 on February 1, 2008

I was just sent this link to Seattle Post-Intelligence, its called U.N. could take lessons from Rambo. You can access the article here. Just by reading the title I could tell this was going to be good (I mean, who doesn’t like Rambo?). Anyway, the focus of this article is about the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council), the one that is so biased against Israel and doesn’t actively try and pass judgment on any other country. As well as this, the article itself has one of the best lines I’ve ever read, “It takes a “Rambo” flick to remind us why – and remind us to fight the real bad guys. Hit the ‘more’ link at the bottom if you want to check out the parts of the article that are cut off.

Last week, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council – a contradiction in terms with members such as Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia — voted 30-1, with 15 abstentions, to condemn Israel for “grave violations of the human and humanitarian rights of Palestinian civilians,” for “undermining” the peace process, “incessant and repeated Israeli military attacks,” and causing “loss of life and injuries among Palestinian civilians, including women and children.”

I mean, forget the fact that it is Hamas who are actually killing Israeli civilians in the name of Islam and wiping out Israel…

There was zero mention of Hamas’ continued rocket attacks on Israel — which preceded the cutoff of supplies that has caused such an uproar — or Hamas’ refusal to renounce violence against and attempted destruction of the Jewish state.Only Canada had the chutzpah to cast that lone “no” vote. The United States, long having realized the HRC is a farce, is not a member.

Go Canada!

Also last week, the long-awaited “Rambo” resurrection arrived.The film opens with real images — like a monk’s bloated body floating in a marsh — of the peaceful fall protests and subsequent violent crackdown in Myanmar/Burma that has so quickly slipped from the public consciousness.

Which is a damn shame, if there ever was a time for people to stand up and protest against militaristic regimes, it would be now!

After Rambo is convinced to take a group of naive, demanding missionaries up river from Thailand, they happen upon a cabal of Burmese pirates intent on raping the woman in the group and beheading the rest of the lot. Rambo wastes the bad guys and saves everybody’s life. In return, the lead missionary lectures Rambo that it’s never, ever right to take a human life and says he’s going to report the incident to get Rambo in trouble. You’d think he worked for the U.N.After the missionaries learn they can’t outrun the junta and will one by one be fed to wild pigs, mercenaries are hired to be taken by Rambo to rescue the church folk. Needless to say, after witnessing the depravity of the junta the mercenaries are ready to tuck tail and head home. You’d think they wore blue helmets.

Brilliant line, and might I add, so true.

Rambo intercedes with a stern, arrow-enforced reminder that this is their job, and you gotta “Live for nothing or die for something. Your call.”

So how is that Rambo gets it right and the U.N. can’t get it together?

While basically ignoring the plight of the Burmese people, the Human Rights Council prefers to play political vendettas. Gaza, after all, is not the David to Israel’s Goliath. Remember that Israel ceded Gaza and forcibly removed its settlers in 2005 to further the peace process.

But since Hamas is hell-bent on the destruction of Israel, that gesture just stoked more Jihadist fervor. Efforts were still focused on bringing down Israel instead of developing Gaza; infrastructure, education, economy and everything else that makes a state successful and livable took a decided back seat. Hamas also picked war with Fatah for its willingness to negotiate with Israel, throwing Fatah members off tall buildings while instigating Gaza’s descent into lawless chaos.

Hey lets give them a chance to make a state, not.

Yet when Israel was forced to enact a blockade after umpteen warnings to Hamas to stop rocket attacks into the Jewish state, the HRC jumped on Israel as the baddies.

Let me explain why the HRC did this in one simple and easy to understand word, antisemitism.

Rewind to October, when the European HRC delegation called for an investigation into abuses in Burma soon after the latest deadly crackdown. The debate over the resolution, which passed by consensus after being watered down, was depressing. India and Russia thought it was too harsh to “condemn” the murderous Burmese junta.

And speaking for the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Pakistan complained about Israel and, amazingly, wondered why the council was focusing on Burma instead.

Do we need any more proof to know and understand what a farce that organisation is?

It takes a “Rambo” flick to remind us why — and remind us to fight the real bad guys.

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